Former Rep. Duncan Hunter to serve sentence at West Texas prison camp
SAN DIEGO — Former Rep. Duncan Hunter will serve his 11-month sentence for conspiring to misuse campaign funds at a West Texas prison camp, his attorney said Friday.Hunter is scheduled to report to Federal Correctional Institute La Tuna on Jan. 4. The prison is in the El Paso suburb of Anthony, on the Texas-New Mexico state line. He will serve in its adjacent minimum-security satellite camp, according to CQ Roll Call.Hunter’s attorney, Devin Burstein, on Friday confirmed the report that Hunter had been assigned to the facility.Hunter fought a 60-count indictment for more than a year before ple...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Can canned tuna giant Bumble Bee recover from bankruptcy and scandal?
SAN DIEGO — Bumble Bee Seafoods, the 120-year-old canned tuna giant, is trying to make tinned fish cool again.With viral YouTube ads, a trendy campaign targeted toward millennials and Gen Z, and a worldwide pandemic that skyrocketed the sale of canned goods, they have a few good things going for them. But the company — shaken by bankruptcy and industry scandal that landed its former CEO in prison — has a long way to go before it can claim a complete turnaround.Earlier this year, Bumble Bee’s longtime CEO Christopher Lischewski was sentenced to three years in prison for his lead role in a lengt...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Rich Koz keeping Halloween season spooky as Svengoolie
Being the voice of the clown at Jack in the Box doesn’t sound like the speedy road to success. But it worked for Rich Koz. Koz was laboring at the fast food restaurant to earn his keep while he attended college. Unfortunately, the Jack in the Box clown proved the butt of all kinds of practical jokes, says Koz.“People would order things and when they’d get up to the window they’d say, ‘Sorry, don’t have any money!’ And pull off. The manager wasn’t a very savory character, so I eventually quit.”The humble beginning didn’t foretell what would happen to Koz, who’s now known for hosting the popular...
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McDonald's HQ to sell for about $420 million, a record for Chicago's Fulton Market district
CHICAGO — Developer Sterling Bay has a deal to sell McDonald’s headquarters building for about $420 million, in what would be the highest-priced property sale of the year and a record price for the booming Fulton Market district.An obscure investor from the Pittsburgh area, Normandy Properties, has a preliminary deal to buy the 575,000-square-foot office building at 110 N. Carpenter St., according to people familiar with the deal.The sale has not been finalized, and it could still fall apart. An exact price could not be determined, but it is believed to be about $420 million. A deal would repr...
No more midday Egg McMuffins? McDonald's weighs the return of all-day breakfast
All-day breakfast was a major hit for fans of McDonald’s and a major headache for franchisees.As the fast-food giant weighs whether to bring it back from its pandemic hiatus, one fact has recently become apparent: The company doesn’t need to offer round-the-clock McGriddles and Egg McMuffins to grow sales.Chicago-based McDonald’s on Thursday said sales in U.S. restaurants open at least 13 months grew 4.6% during the three months that ended in September, exceeding Wall Street’s expectations and a sharp reversal from the 8.7% decline that occurred during the previous quarter.Large group orders a...
Chick-fil-A still has slowest drive-throughs — and the most popular
Time, it turns out, is relative at Chick-fil-A.For clock watchers, drive-throughs at the Atlanta-based chain remain the slowest among major fast-food brands, most of which have seen wait times grow during the pandemic, according to a new annual study.But Chick-fil-A customers aren’t buying it. They give the chain’s drive-through speed of service the best ratings of any of the brands tested, a separate new survey shows.And packed drive-throughs at the chicken sandwich stop continue to gather top rankings in other measurements — perhaps making waits more tolerable.Many restaurants around the nat...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
How Manuel Ellis slipped through the cracks of the mental health system
TACOMA, Wash. — On the night Manuel Ellis died, he and Tacoma police were left alone on the pavement without the calming presence of mental health professionals, even though Pierce County and Tacoma tout their crisis intervention resources.It was a situation officers had seen before — with Ellis, who struggled with addiction and mental illness, and with many others. And as they often do with people in crisis, officers responded with force.Tacoma, adjacent to Western State Hospital and military bases, has a higher prevalence of mental illness than the state and national averages.But Pierce Coun...
The Seattle Times
Living with Children: Don't ask them, tell them
A grandmother in Arkansas says her adult children have great difficulty telling their children what to do. They turn instructions – more accurately, what they think are instructions – into questions and then wonder why their kids don’t seem to appreciate their timidity.Grandma’s email made me think of a habit I have noticed among people a generation or more younger than myself. To wit, when they order food in a restaurant, they ask if they are allowed to have whatever they want. For example, when ordering a hamburger, instead of saying, “I’ll have a hamburger” or “I’d like a hamburger, please,...
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Philadelphia is still very much a labor town. Here's how workers are fighting back
PHILADELPHIA — In June, a coalition of labor unions and organizations won a first-of-its-kind whistleblower protection law that made it illegal for Philadelphia employers to fire or otherwise discipline workers for speaking out against unsafe coronavirus conditions.In July, after more than a year of organizing, Free Library of Philadelphia workers ousted the organization’s director, whom they said had failed Black employees.In August, after a spreadsheet listing thousands of salaries forced workers to confront inequity in their industry, workers at the 144-year-old Philadelphia Museum of Art v...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Developmentally disabled hit hard with pandemic job losses
DETROIT — When COVID-19 hit, one segment of the workforce was hit especially hard: people with developmental disabilities.Employment advocates across the country are working to overcome challenges amid the pandemic to keep their clients engaged in training and employed. They’re balancing the availability of jobs with the safety of their clients and the comfort levels of their families.Laquita Parker, 46, builds snack boxes for patients as she works as a dietary aide at StoneCrest Center in Detroit. Parker is among five dietary aides with a developmental disability who work at the center.“In Fe...
The Detroit News